Especially in this day of social media, real and fake news, TV, and internet,respect sometimes seems like a dinosaur.
Here's are some simple ways to practice respect.
- Speak respectfully to others by looking at them with friendliness and curiosity.
- Get curious, not furious.
- What virtue can you see in someone who has a different outlook from yours?
- I may see determination or purposefulness, even if I don't agree with that person.
- When you see their virtue, give them an acknowledgment.
Speak it out loud. Say what virtue you see and how you see it.
"You have been so helpful in setting the table."
"Thanks for your generosity in volunteering in the classroom,"
"I appreciate your loyalty in never backbiting about me."
"You've been so patient in waiting your turn."
"Thanks for listening so attentively with respect."
We can take the lead in our family by treating each person with respect. That means listening when they talk, giving our full attention instead of being on our phone or device. It means saying "please" and "thank you" often. It means treating people who look different, or have a different religion, with respect and dignity.
Make someone's day! Acknowledge them for a virtue.